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Monday, January 15, 2007

A Great Man Made A Great Speech

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

---Winston Churchill

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Obob said...

I wish more Americans read those words.

Laurie said...

What did Winston Churchill say about those who were never our enemy until we made them so by invading their country?

Robert said...

Gosh Laurie, that is perhaps the msot kool-aid comment I have ever heard. And possible the most absurd.

The Combat Action Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Citation that adorn my Marine dress blues attest to the fact that they were shooting at me in 1991, not 2003.

I don't remember any peace conferences that we attendd in the region before 9/11. In fact, I don't remember invading anyone before 9/11. Could you point me to the reference and/or war that I obviously slept through?

Laurie said...

What I meant, and obviously didn't express correctly, is that in attacking Iraq "preemptively" (and illegally) in 2003, we created enemies and disasters where before they had not existed. Our myriad of problems in Iraq today are direct results of our misguided actions. Had Hussein had the most microscopic of ties to 9/11, perhaps Churchill's quote would apply. Instead, John Quincy Adams is more apt:

"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy....She well knows that by once enlisting under banners other than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, ambition, which assumed the colors and usurped the standards of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force....She might well become the dictatress of the world. She would no longer be the ruler of her own spirit."

Robert said...

Illegally, huh? More kool-aid. Yourgood friend the UN approved it 17 times. There is nothing illegal about it.

Perhaps Aristotle: "We make was so that we may live in peace."

John F. Kennedy: "It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war."

Thomas Paine: "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my children may have peace."

Ulysses S. Grant: "The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."

I suppose that you subscribe to the democrrats favorite quotation, from George Orwell: "The quickest way to end a war is to lose it."

WomanHonorThyself said...

inspiring quote..ty Robert!

Laurie said...

Try that on.

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